March 2023 | NAIOP Calgary
Ensuring Public Safety is a Top Priority for NAIOP Calgary!
Ensuring public safety is a top priority for NAIOP Calgary. We are increasingly concerned about rising levels of public disorder and crime occurring in and around the downtown core. The current situation is having a significant negative impact on all businesses and their employees in the area. Whether it is getting employees to and from work on public transportation, public disturbances occurring in broad daylight or damage to property; the situation is dire and without the support of stakeholders in the commercial real estate industry, law enforcement, municipal and provincial governments collaborating to find effective solutions, we foresee that this situation will only continue to deteriorate.
In an effort to support change, NAIOP Calgary is supporting BOMA and the Calgary Downtown Association in their survey initiative “BOMA CALGARY DOWNTOWN SAFTEY SURVEY” to gather information and data from various building owners in 5 zones around the core:
- Zone 1 – 14 Street to 9 Steet & 4 Avenue to CPR Tracks
- Zone 2 – 9 Street to 5 Street & 3 Avenue to CPR Tracks
- Zone 3 – 9 Street to 2 Street & 3 Avenue to Bow River
- Zone 4 – 5 Street to Centre Street & 3 Avenue to CPR Tracks
- Zone 5 – Centre Street to 3 Street SE & 4 Avenue to CPR Tracks
The information collected will include how the properties and people who operate them are affected by crime, social disorder, frequency of events and estimated cost associated with dealing with all of the events. This will provide valuable data for the purposes of engaging with municipal and provincial decision makers to create or expand programs making Calgary’s downtown safer. If you haven’t already, we encourage our members to participate in the survey. Downtown Survey Info PDF with Links to provide data for the respective Zones is attached
The problems our community is facing with the rise in crime and public disorder affect us all and it is in our collective best interests to get involved and to have a voice.
If you or someone you know has been affected, please ensure that the incidents are reported to one of the following:
- For crimes in progress or emergency situations please call 9-1-1
- For non-emergency situations or to report an incident (property damage, theft, public disorder, etc.) please call 403 266- 1234
- Online reporting for: theft from a vehicle, theft of property, mischief to vehicles, attempted stolen vehicle, break and enter, etc. – https://www.calgary.ca/cps/report-a-crime.html
Additionally, if you are interested in watching a related video about how some US cities are dealing with the struggles brought on by addiction and the resulting mental health crisis, the following is a link to “Seattle is Dying” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpAi70WWBlw&t=57sa a news documentary highlighting the issues of systemic drug use and its effects on the vulnerable population and asking the question “how do we protect our society while showing compassion for those who are sick and struggling?”.
We appreciate your support.